I’d rather sing one wild song and burst my heart with it, than live a thousand years watching my digestion and being afraid of the wet.
– Jack London
Jack LondonLondon in 1903
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Born John Griffith Chaney, January 12, 1876, San Francisco, California, United States
Died November 22, 1916 (aged 40), Glen Ellen, California, United States
Occupation Novelist, journalist, short story writer and essayist
Literary movement Realism and Naturalism
John Griffith “Jack” London (born John Griffith Chaney, January 12, 1876 – November 22, 1916) was an American author, journalist, and social activist. He was a pioneer in the then-burgeoning world of commercial magazine fiction and was one of the first fiction writers to obtain worldwide celebrity and a large fortune from his fiction alone.
He is best remembered as the author of The Call of the Wild and White Fang, both set in the Klondike Gold Rush, as well as the short stories “To Build a Fire”, “An Odyssey of the North”, and “Love of Life”. He also wrote of the South Pacific in such stories as “The Pearls of Parlay” and “The Heathen”, and of the San Francisco Bay area in The Sea Wolf.
London was a passionate advocate of unionization, socialism, and the rights of workers and wrote several powerful works dealing with these topics such as his dystopian novel The Iron Heel, his non-fiction exposé The People of the Abyss, and The War of the Classes.